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Sports bars hit home run

Imagine sitting on the couch waiting for the kickoff on TV: The children are screaming, the spouse is yelling, and you figure this is one place you won’t be able to bellow for the old boys in blue.

Why not go to a sports bar instead? Nevada County has four of them, including two brand new ones. Numerous other places will let you watch a game while polishing off a pizza, sandwich or even a steak with a beer, and many county bars have at least one TV for sports.

The most conspicuous new hangout is Boondogs Sports Bar and Grill in Glenbrook Basin.



When you walk in and see shelled peanuts on the floor and seven flat-screen TVs booming ballgames, you know you’re at sports central.

“It’s a great location and a real sports bar,” said Brett Dotson of Nevada City, who was watching the Indians squeak by the Red Sox in the American League championship series earlier this week.




“It’s really good for this area and men like ourselves,” said his buddy, Nick Messer of Nevada City, sitting next to another guy who was eating a mushroom-topped burger.

Some women said they liked Boondogs, too.

Just down the highway, the Fantasy Sports bar in the Alpha Building in downtown Grass Valley also has just opened its doors.

The setting is intimate compared to Boondogs, with emphasis on the attractive-looking bar. Beers from around the world are on tap, and owner Greg Seghezzi is working on a food menu.

Margaritas Mexican Restaurant and Sports Bar in Grass Valley’s Brunswick Basin has been providing food and drinks to sports fans glued to the tube for the past 10 years, according to manager Tracy Jordan.

Two large screen TVs show home runs and touchdowns to an open sitting area, and smaller TVs accommodate fans at the bar and on the outside patio.

As with the other sports bars, Margaritas carries the NFL’s full lineup of games on Sunday.

“We get the blacked-out Raider games and that brings a lot of people,” Jordan said.

In southern Nevada County on Combie Road, regulars pack Stinky Mulligans Sports Bar & Grill and even wear their team jerseys, according to waitress Jennifer Halieb. They come for the tri-tip specials and to catch their favorite teams on six different screens.

Other spots

Although they don’t call themselves sports bars, a number of area restaurants have setups like Margaritas, where a room or space is designated for watching sports.

The upstairs at Dos Banditos in Nevada City has sixflat-screen TVs and all the games.

You can also watch games at the Northridge restaurants in Nevada City and Penn Valley, Larry and Lena’s Bar and Grill in Alta Sierra, Players Pizza in Penn Valley and in Grass Valley, Miner Moe’s, Mountain Mike’s and Lampost Pizza.

You can also watch your favorite team, have drinks and grab a bite to eat in other bars or restaurants, including McGee’s, the Mine Shaft, Cooper’s, the Stonehouse and the National Hotel in Nevada City.

Sports fans also can hang out at The Willo outside of Nevada City, and at Peterson’s Corner and the Brass Rail Tavern on the San Juan Ridge.

In Grass Valley, you can catch the game at the Holbrooke Hotel’s bar, Cirino’s, Kane’s, The Owl, Bunce’s Place, Gary’s Place, Maria’s and the Swiss House.

In Penn Valley, employees at the Tack Room can serve you food while the game is on in the bar. Farther down the road in Smartsville, some kind of a game is always on at The Driftwood Inn.

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To contact Senior Staff Writer Dave Moller, e-mail davem@theunion.com or call 477-4237.


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